History of the Hills model railway society

The year is 1983, when a meeting was held in the 4th Castle Hill Scout Headquarters to find interested parties to form a local model railway society.

The meeting was attended by a group of 25 interested model railway enthusiasts who came together with a common interest to foster and promote the hobby of model railways in the Hills district of Sydney. The first thing they had to do was to find a home in the shire of Baulkham Hills NSW. After considerable time and effort, and assistance from the Baulkham Hills Shire Council, accommodation was located at West Baulkham Hills where old and disused buildings were located.

 The Society Inaugural meeting was held on 20th July 1983 and on 14th November 1983 there were 16 members. The Society's original layout was constructed from material donated by the members.The layout was constructed in 'HO' scale. It was called Sandy Hollow and was constructed in 1984. By 1986 the membership had climbed to 36 with 6 junior members. On the 13th May 1987, the society became incorporated and is known as 'Hills Model Railway Society Incorporated'.

Click on the thumbnail photo below to see the photos of our first layout.  You will see:

Sandy Hollow construction

April 1984 - First test run of trains

Sandy Hollow - Operations

Sandy Hollow More History

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